Reporter Kyle Hopkins: Revealing the human cost of broken safety and deferred justice in rural Alaska

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Kyle Hopkins, in the ADN newsroom after learning “Lawless” was awarded a Pulitzer Prize for Public Service. (Alaska Public Media/Julia O’Malley)

Today’s program is a look from the outside. A team of reporters from the Anchorage Daily News and ProPublica, a nonprofit newsroom that collaborates with local reporting teams on investigative projects, produced two series, “Lawless” and “Unheard.” They tell stories of a broken public safety system in rural Alaska, where one in three communities has no local law enforcement. The result: tragic stories of lives lost, damaged survivors, communities essentially abandoned by the state. ADN reporter Kyle Hopkins led the effort; “Lawless” was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service in 2020.

Kyle joins us today to explain the depth and process of the investigative project, including reporting obstacles and how reporting evolved as the team learned more. And what’s next? As always, your questions and comments are welcome. Join us.

HOST: Kathleen McCoy and Elaine Andrews


  • Kyle Hopkins, Alaska journalist



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